The Bellini: la dolce vita at home

It may look like a peach smoothie at first, but it’s even better! This summery cocktail is sweet, fresh and sparkling from the added processo. The Bellini is the perfect cocktail for a hot summer afternoon in your garden or on your balcony. And now that we can’t experience la dolce vita in Italy ourselves, our only option is to bring it to our homes, right? 

The story
It is said that the Bellini originated in a bar in Venice, Italy in 1948. Guiseppe Ciprianiwas the first to make this mix of peach purée and prosecco in his own bar in Venice: Harry’s Bar. At that time, Cipriani was looking for a way to use fresh peaches on a daily. When he mixed the two ingredients - peach purée and prosecco - he thought of a painting by Giovanni Bellini. The drink’s cheerful orange-pink colour reminded him of a paiting by this Venetian artist. Hence the name: Bellini. 

Harry’s bar isn’t just ‘a bar in Venice’. It’s also the place where carpaccio was eaten for the very first time; that must say something, right? Besides that, the bar was a popular hangout spot for big names like Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin. The bar, which opened in 1931, is now part of the protected cultural heritage of Venice. 

Venice
The city of love! Most of the time, that’s the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Venice. Rightly so, because this Italian city screams romance, but Venice has much more to offer than just making your way through the water-streets with a gondola. 

Unfortunately, there’s no escaping the mass tourism in Venice. However, this makes the city feel like a open-air museum, which also has it charms. The authentic character of the city with its narrow streets, magnificent bridges and impressive buildings makes you feel like you’re walking through a fairytale. So, spend hours wandering through those cozy alleys, you’ll see the reward is even bigger when you eventually find a street where there’s not a single selfie stick in sight. 

Something many people don’t know is that Venice is perfect for a sunny beach day. On the island of Lido you’ll find beautiful beaches, for example. Remarkably enough, it’s mainly the Italians themselves who visit these beaches. So here’s a tip from us: do not plan your beach day in August, as this is when the Italians will be free and this results in extremely crowded beaches. 

Did you know that Venice is also the ideal city for lovers of shiny things? The city is known for its arts and crafts. To this day, several old crafts are still practiced and the results can be found in the shops. Jewelry, special fabrics, ceramics and glassware, it’s all there. These crafts are an important part of Venice with a piece of history to them. 

Recipe 
Are you looking forward to la dolce vita already? We most certainly are. This romantic city has a spot on the top of our lists. For now, we’re bringing Italy into our homes: the Bellini recipe like Guiseppe Cipriani made it at Harry’s Bar in Venice.

What do you need?

  • 2 to 3 white peaches (preferably fresh!) 
  • 1 little box of raspberries
  • 1 bottle of prosecco
  • Champagne glass 

Instructions
First of all: everything must be cooled. After all, you cannot add ice cubes to the cocktail. So just make sure that the prosecco is cold and that the purée is nice and fresh, and you’re good to go! 

Firstly, peel the peaches, cut them into pieces and put them in the blender. Then throw some raspberries in the blender (how much you like) and mix it with the peach purée. Then put two teaspoons of mixed purée at the bottom of the champagne glass. Lastly, add the prosecco. Note: the ratio of the purée and the prosecco should be about 1 to 4. That’s it! The classic Bellini as Cipriani made it in 1948. 


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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina and I’m 20 years old. Besides my Creative Business studies, I’m a freelance writer. My greatest passion is writing, and besides that I love good music, traveling and photography. I prefer to do that last thing at a beautiful destination across the border, obviously ;). From me you’ll mainly read blogs about beautiful travel destinations, travel tips and lifestyle. 

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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina and I’m 20 years old. Besides my Creative Business studies, I’m a freelance writer. My greatest passion is writing, and besides that I love good music, traveling and photography. I prefer to do that last thing at a beautiful destination across the border, obviously ;). From me you’ll mainly read blogs about beautiful travel destinations, travel tips and lifestyle. 

@marinavanhooft